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A currency trader passes by the screens showing the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI), left, and the foreign exchange rate between U.S. dollar and South Korean won at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, March 9, 2023. Asian stock markets were mixed Thursday after Wall Street steadied following a plunge on worries about more U.S. interest rate hikes. (Ahn Young-joon/The Canadian Press-AP)

S&P/TSX composite falls more than 1.5 per cent, U.S. markets also slip

Canada’s main stock index lost more than 1.5 per cent Friday on…

A currency trader passes by the screens showing the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI), left, and the foreign exchange rate between U.S. dollar and South Korean won at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, March 9, 2023. Asian stock markets were mixed Thursday after Wall Street steadied following a plunge on worries about more U.S. interest rate hikes. (Ahn Young-joon/The Canadian Press-AP)
The estimated cost of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project has increased once again, this time to $30.9 billion. That’s an increase from the $21.4 billion price tag placed on the project a year ago, and more than double an earlier estimate of $12.6 billion. Construction of the pipeline is pictured near Hope, B.C., Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Trans Mountain pipeline construction costs balloon again, this time to $30.9B

The estimated cost of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project has increased…

The estimated cost of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project has increased once again, this time to $30.9 billion. That’s an increase from the $21.4 billion price tag placed on the project a year ago, and more than double an earlier estimate of $12.6 billion. Construction of the pipeline is pictured near Hope, B.C., Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Google Canada’s Sabrina Geremia, Vice President and Country Manager, appears via videoconference as a witness at a Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, March 6, 2023. Geremia is set to return to a parliamentary committee following the tech giant’s decision to run a five week test that is blocking news access to some of its users. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Google says it will stop blocking Canadian news links next week following test

Google will stop blocking news links next week following a five-week test…

Google Canada’s Sabrina Geremia, Vice President and Country Manager, appears via videoconference as a witness at a Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, March 6, 2023. Geremia is set to return to a parliamentary committee following the tech giant’s decision to run a five week test that is blocking news access to some of its users. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
In this March 24, 2020 file photo, a Chase bank employee, right, cleans the branches ATMs as a customer uses another in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York. Shares of some banks are falling in premarket trading on Friday, March 10, 2023, following SVB Financial Group’s announcement that it plans to raise up to $1.75 billion in order to strengthen its position amid concerns about higher interest rates and the economy. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

Silicon Valley Bank is seized by US after historic failure

U.S. regulators rushed to seize the assets of Silicon Valley Bank on…

In this March 24, 2020 file photo, a Chase bank employee, right, cleans the branches ATMs as a customer uses another in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York. Shares of some banks are falling in premarket trading on Friday, March 10, 2023, following SVB Financial Group’s announcement that it plans to raise up to $1.75 billion in order to strengthen its position amid concerns about higher interest rates and the economy. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
A worker prepares for documents for Chinese President Xi Jinping during a session of China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Friday, March 10, 2023. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Xi awarded 3rd term as China’s president, extending rule

Chinese leader Xi Jinping was awarded a third five-year term as the…

A worker prepares for documents for Chinese President Xi Jinping during a session of China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Friday, March 10, 2023. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
Police officers in special equipment walk through a Jehovah’s Witness building in Hamburg, Germany, Thursday, March 9, 2023. German police say shots were fired inside a building used by Jehovah’s Witnesses in Hamburg and an unspecified number of people were killed or wounded. (Jonas Walzberg/dpa via AP)

German gunman kills 6 at Hamburg Jehovah’s Witnesses hall

A gunman stormed a service at his former Jehovah’s Witnesses congregation in…

Police officers in special equipment walk through a Jehovah’s Witness building in Hamburg, Germany, Thursday, March 9, 2023. German police say shots were fired inside a building used by Jehovah’s Witnesses in Hamburg and an unspecified number of people were killed or wounded. (Jonas Walzberg/dpa via AP)
A woman types on a laptop on a train in New Jersey on May 18, 2021. A panicked 14-year-old from British Columbia and his family paid $1,500 to a company that claimed it would recover intimate images that were being used to extort him. It didn’t. (Jenny Kane/The Canadian Press)

‘Recovery scams’ targeting sextortion victims are on the rise, experts warn

A panicked 14-year-old from British Columbia and his family paid $1,500 to…

A woman types on a laptop on a train in New Jersey on May 18, 2021. A panicked 14-year-old from British Columbia and his family paid $1,500 to a company that claimed it would recover intimate images that were being used to extort him. It didn’t. (Jenny Kane/The Canadian Press)
Minister of Justice David Lametti prepares to appear before the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights in Ottawa, Monday, March 6, 2023. Justice Minister David Lametti is preparing to face off with his provincial counterparts in Ottawa Friday on whether to reform Canada’s bail system, as premiers, federal Conservatives and law enforcement leaders demand more restrictions. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press)

Federal and provincial justice ministers meeting to discuss bail reform

Justice Minister David Lametti is preparing to face off with his provincial…

Minister of Justice David Lametti prepares to appear before the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights in Ottawa, Monday, March 6, 2023. Justice Minister David Lametti is preparing to face off with his provincial counterparts in Ottawa Friday on whether to reform Canada’s bail system, as premiers, federal Conservatives and law enforcement leaders demand more restrictions. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press)
B.C. deputy premier and Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth speaks during a news conference in Vancouver on Monday, April 11, 2022. The British Columbia government says the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team will lead a probe into allegations of historic misconduct by members of the Prince George RCMP detachment, and the failure of the force to act on the complaints. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press)

Alberta agency to conduct independent probe of B.C. RCMP Prince George detachment

The British Columbia government says the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team will…

B.C. deputy premier and Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth speaks during a news conference in Vancouver on Monday, April 11, 2022. The British Columbia government says the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team will lead a probe into allegations of historic misconduct by members of the Prince George RCMP detachment, and the failure of the force to act on the complaints. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press)
Alberta Finance Minister Travis Toews delivers the 2023 budget, in Edmonton on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023. Alberta has introduced legislation that would require it to keep a tight rein on spending, save for a rainy day and continue to pay down debt. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press)

‘Best day to start is today’: Alberta bill sets out budget restraint, more savings

Alberta has introduced legislation that would require it to keep a tight…

Alberta Finance Minister Travis Toews delivers the 2023 budget, in Edmonton on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023. Alberta has introduced legislation that would require it to keep a tight rein on spending, save for a rainy day and continue to pay down debt. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press)
Minister of Environment and Climate Change Steven Guilbeault rises during Question Period, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2023 in Ottawa. Guilbeault says Alberta’s nine-month silence over two releases of toxic oilsands tailings water is worrisome. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press)

Federal environment minister says Alberta silence over oilsands spill ‘worrisome’

Alberta’s nine-month silence over two releases of toxic oilsands tailings water is…

Minister of Environment and Climate Change Steven Guilbeault rises during Question Period, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2023 in Ottawa. Guilbeault says Alberta’s nine-month silence over two releases of toxic oilsands tailings water is worrisome. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press)
Changes in transportation funding have been made as part of the provincial budget. (Black Press file)

Alberta budget could make room for savings on school bus fees in Central Alberta: SD 73

Province announced the transportation funding changes will be in place by the fall of 2024

Changes in transportation funding have been made as part of the provincial budget. (Black Press file)
First Nations leaders say Alberta Premier Danielle Smith is minimizing the effects of two releases of oilsands tailings water near lands they harvest from. Smith speaks to members of the media during a press conference in Ottawa, on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2023. (Spencer Colby/The Canadian Press)

First Nations chiefs criticize Alberta premier’s oilsands tailings spill comments

Alberta Premier Danielle Smith is minimizing the effect of two large releases…

First Nations leaders say Alberta Premier Danielle Smith is minimizing the effects of two releases of oilsands tailings water near lands they harvest from. Smith speaks to members of the media during a press conference in Ottawa, on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2023. (Spencer Colby/The Canadian Press)
The TikTok startup page is displayed on an iPhone in Ottawa on Monday, Feb. 27, 2023. Some cities and police services across Ontario say they are following the federal government’s lead in banning TikTok from work and government-owned devices while others say they are considering it as Canadian privacy watchdogs assess the video-sharing platform for threats. (The Canadian Press/Sean Kilpatrick)

Ontario cities, police forces ban TikTok on devices while others consider the move

Cities and police services across Ontario say they are following the federal…

The TikTok startup page is displayed on an iPhone in Ottawa on Monday, Feb. 27, 2023. Some cities and police services across Ontario say they are following the federal government’s lead in banning TikTok from work and government-owned devices while others say they are considering it as Canadian privacy watchdogs assess the video-sharing platform for threats. (The Canadian Press/Sean Kilpatrick)
A young long-COVID patient. (Canadian Press photo)

Report says long COVID could impact economy and be ‘mass disabling event’ in Canada

A report released Thursday by Canada’s chief science adviser says she considers…

A young long-COVID patient. (Canadian Press photo)
A U.S. regulator has ordered TC Energy Corp. to lower the operating pressure on the entire Keystone pipeline system. The Keystone Steele City pumping station is seen in Steele City, Neb., Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Nati Harnik

Regulator orders TC Energy to reduce operating pressure on Keystone pipeline

A U.S. regulator has ordered TC Energy Corp. to lower the operating…

A U.S. regulator has ordered TC Energy Corp. to lower the operating pressure on the entire Keystone pipeline system. The Keystone Steele City pumping station is seen in Steele City, Neb., Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Nati Harnik
Galen G. Weston CEO, chairman and president of Loblaw Companies Limited speaks during the company's annual general meeting in Toronto on May 3, 2018. The CEOs of Canada's largest grocery store chains will appear before a parliamentary committee today to answer questions about the rapid rise in grocery prices. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Grocer CEOs need to be transparent about why grocery prices are so high: Freeland

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland says the CEOs of Canada’s largest grocery store…

Galen G. Weston CEO, chairman and president of Loblaw Companies Limited speaks during the company's annual general meeting in Toronto on May 3, 2018. The CEOs of Canada's largest grocery store chains will appear before a parliamentary committee today to answer questions about the rapid rise in grocery prices. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
The Pickering Nuclear Generating Station, in Pickering, Ont., is seen Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020. A Canadian engineering giant whose work includes critical military, power and transportation infrastructure across the country has been hit with a ransomware attack. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Cyber attack hits engineering giant with contracts for military bases, power plants

A Canadian engineering giant whose work involves critical military, power and transportation…

The Pickering Nuclear Generating Station, in Pickering, Ont., is seen Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020. A Canadian engineering giant whose work includes critical military, power and transportation infrastructure across the country has been hit with a ransomware attack. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
The Saddledome is seen from a hillside park in Calgary on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. A group of Albertans says they have started to explore whether communities across the province could host the 2030 Commonwealth Games. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Albertans exploring 2030 Commonwealth Games bid in communities across the province

A group of Albertans says they have started to explore whether communities…

The Saddledome is seen from a hillside park in Calgary on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. A group of Albertans says they have started to explore whether communities across the province could host the 2030 Commonwealth Games. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
During an April 25, 2022 press conference, NDP energy critic Kathleen Ganley and NDP Leader Rachel Notley said they have a plan to help Albertans receive utility rebates faster. (Photo contributed)

Alberta NDP promising to make prescription contraception free if elected

The Alberta NDP Opposition says it would follow British Columbia in making…

During an April 25, 2022 press conference, NDP energy critic Kathleen Ganley and NDP Leader Rachel Notley said they have a plan to help Albertans receive utility rebates faster. (Photo contributed)